Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Providing meetings in all major towns and cities, Al-Anon are committed to being there for you when you need help. Whatever your relationship with the drinker, you will find other people with similar stories. You will realise that you are not alone. Listening to the shared experiences of others may help you find the confidence you need to deal with the effects of someone else’s drinking. You will find it is possible to rediscover happiness, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

Your anonymity is protected by using first names only. You will not be asked to reveal your surname or any other details about your identity or that of the drinker. Anything discussed within an Al-Anon meeting is treated as confidential, including your presence at the meeting.

Al-Anon are widespread, with more than 700 groups throughout the UK and Eire alone. If getting to a meeting is not easy for you, you are welcome to join an online meeting.

Al-Anon meetings are free. Al-Anon only accept donations from members towards running costs and literature so it can be self-supporting.

Virtual online meetings

Although most Al-Anon members prefer the closeness and safety of a physical meeting space, this is not always convenient for everyone. These follow the same principles as face-to-face meetings, including a commitment to anonymity and can be accessed via the website  (Find a Meeting) or by contacting the Helpline 0800 0086 811

Helpline contact

Al-Anon friendly helpline volunteers, who are all Al-Anon members, are available 365 days a year between 10am and 10pm on 0800 0086 811 to answer questions in complete confidence.  You are more than welcome to simply turn up to an Al-Anon meeting. Click on Find a Meeting for details of a meeting near you. Many members prefer to call the confidential helpline first.

Alateen is part of Al-Anon. There are meetings for 12-17 Year olds.

 For further information and meeting details contact the General Service Office on 020 7593 2070 (10 am-5 pm Mon-Fri).